Bird-Bothered Hero is a comic story written written by Vic Lockman and drawn by Kay Wright. It features Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, Gyro Gearloose, and, in their debuts, Smedley and his boss.
After accidentally swallowing Gyro Gearloose's latest invention — a whistle that attracts birds but is inaudible to people —, Donald Duck ends up attracting every bird around to himself. Fortunately, his bird-botheredness proves to have a silver lining when one of the fowl who lands in his lap proves to be a carrier pigeon ferrying what looks like a treasure map! But is all as it seems?
- Gyro Gearloose invented the Homing-Hummer to test his "better-scarecrow" invention, the Animated Feline Scarecrow.
- Birds observed by Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck using the Homing-Hummer as part of their Junior Woodchucks birdwatching project include a spotted chickadee, a ruby-throated thrush, a speckled bluebird and a warbling catbird.
- The path on the map leads from the intersection of York Road and the First Street of Duckburg to an “X” on the seashore.
- While following the map, the Ducks walk past the Rocket Research Lab, which a sign notes is “the birthplace of sophisticated spacecraft”.
- The spies are eventually arrested by the Coast Guards.
- Gyro Gearloose is once again trying to create an animated scarecrow more efficient than a regular one. He already did so in Getting Thor (1958), which ended with his creation of the “Fiercest, Fightingest Scarecrow That Ever Snorted Fire” — only for him to find out that all birds had deserted his yard for the time being.
Behind the scenes
This story was first printed in Donald Duck #127. It was reprinted in English in Donald Duck #238 and in the Australian Donald Duck #161.
The story was cited by Joe Torcivia as one of his top contenders for “Worst Disney Comics Ever”, albeit surpassed in 2011 by Chapter 3 of Rightful Owners. Geoffrey Moses covered the story on Duck Comics Revue at his request, largely agreeing with his conclusions but maintaining that The Tommy Mocassin Trail was, by some standards at least, worse than either.